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Words of Wisdom on Execution

Execution is the job of the business leader.
~ Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, authors

Strategy is overrated, simply doing stuff is underrated. We have a strategic plan. It's called doing things!
~ Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines

The thing that keeps a business ahead of the competition is excellence in execution.
~ Tom Peters

An astounding 90% of well-formulated strategies fail due to poor execution. Only 5% of employees understand their corporate strategy! Unbelievable! Only 3% of executives think their company is very successful at executing strategies, while 62% think they're only moderately successful, or worse.
~ Gary Harpst, author

The execution of strategy is dependent upon team members on the front line being clear about the organization's priorities and how they must act to achieve the stated objectives. It sounds simple but is highly complex.
~ Harvard Business Review

Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.
~ Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, authors of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

You don't beat people with surprises, but with execution.
~ John McKay, football coach

The result ... is an organization that has developed the most vital core competence of them all―the ability to execute its strategy.
~ Gary Harpst, CEO and Founder, Six Disciplines Corporation

The secret of getting ahead is getting started!
~ Agatha Christie

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.
~ William A. Foster

There is one business problem that if solved, will make solving all other problems easier. This foundational challenge is executing strategy.
~ Gary Harpst, author

EXECUTION, is defined as closing the gap between results promised and results delivered.
~ Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, authors of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Strategy gets you on the playing field, but execution pays the bills.
~ Gordon Eubanks, a microcomputer industry pioneer

The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.
~ Thomas Jefferson

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
~ General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Until it's executed, a plan is only a plan.
~ General George S. Patton

Execution is "the missing link between aspirations and results."
~ Larry Bossidy

There is value in careful planning and thoughtful preparation. However, until there is execution, no plan is flawed, no preparation inadequate. Execution spotlights it all.
~ Chip Bell, author and consultant

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.
~ General George S. Patton

Incremental planning and sustained execution can make the insurmountable possible.
~ Mr. Prophet

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams ... unless they be executed.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to keep good intentions from dying is to execute them.
~ Unknown

The biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution.
~ Ram Charan, author

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